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In Reply to: Maintaining Coal Bed on a Stick Burner posted by Matthew on March 17, 2016 at 14:36:47:
I'm really not an expert on the subject. In addition I have never used the smoker that you're using so I really don't know much about it. However, I do have a lot of experience maintaining the fire in the smoker that I do use. I don't think there's a great deal of difference in maintaining a fire in any smoker, once you have the basics down. So here is what I do and how I do it and I hope you can adapt it to your situation and in that way that can be of some help to you.
I start my fire in a chimney like you mentioned that you're using. While this fire in the chimney is starting I arrange a bed of unlit charcoal in the firebox of my smoker. I probably put about twice as much unlit charcoal as compared to what I'm trying to light. Once the lit charcoal is ashed over I then dump it on top of the unlit charcoal. I then add a couple chunks of wood. From there on for quite a while it's pretty much a matter of air control. The more air that gets to the charcoal the hotter the temperature. So in the beginning I start off with all the events wide-open. That's the top bottom anywhere else there is a vent. Once a smoker gets up to temperature say for example 250° I then start closing down some of the vents. But I always leave the top is vent wide-open. If you get the air adjusted properly that's going into the smoker you'll find that the temperature will level off stay about where you want it. If after a period of time temperature starts getting lower than you want you can either open up and let more air in or you can start adding more fuel. What I do then is a start adding or charcoal or better yet lump charcoal. I hope this is of help to you and if you have any other questions maybe I or somebody who knows more then I do will be able to help you.
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